Comment on child poverty statistics

Reacting to new statistics from the End Child Poverty coalition, Iain Gray MSP has said it is unacceptable that one in five children in East Lothian are still growing up in poverty.

Commenting on the figures, Iain Gray MSP said:

“These latest statistics from the End Child Poverty coalition show that nearly 4,000 children in East Lothian are growing up in poverty. This is an unacceptable situation which should concern all of us and which requires a concerted, multi-agency effort to tackle.

“Last November, all political parties at Holyrood came together to pass the Child Poverty Bill which sets new targets for reducing the number of children growing up in poverty. In doing so MSPs agreed that child poverty is unacceptable, that it is not inevitable and that it can be eradicated.

“The Scottish Government has said it will publish a three-year delivery plan to ensure that the targets will be met. However, to have any chance of achieving this Ministers must end cuts to local authorities and vital public services, which are hitting the poorest in our communities and pushing more people into poverty.”